Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

Loving as Jesus loved – or burning the Quran?

Last Sunday we cleared off a space to talk about one of our core values:  love.  In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands His disciples to love one another the same way that He (Jesus) loves them.  He also calls us to love our enemies.  How exactly did Jesus love them?  Sacrificially!  If there is one word to best describe Jesus’ love for us it is sacrificial.  He gave His time, energy and ultimately His life to help and serve us.  When we do that (at whatever level we do that), we show the world that we are indeed His disciples.

There is no need for a true disciple of Jesus Christ to attack false religions.  The idea that a pastor in Gainsville, FL. wants to establish an “international burn a Quran” day on September 11th is ludicrous.  I understand the frustration of Christians worldwide who see Muslims attacking Christians and (seemingly) “getting away with it.”  The frustration is similar to that of Asaph in Psalms 73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. It goes on to say, Psalms 73:16-17 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. You see, there IS an “end” for all of us.  There IS coming a day when all will be made right.  But “vengeance is mine, saith the Lord” and our job is to let God do His job.

If we are sure that we have “THE TRUTH” (John 14:6, 17:17), then it makes sense that all the others attack us.  The counterfeit attempts to replace the original – not visa-versa.  We can simply enjoy the assurance that we possess in Jesus Christ and His promise of eternal life and share that joy with anyone who wants to hear about it.

Here at FBC, we kicked off our adult LIFE groups last night.  It is the time we set aside to connect with one another and develop that biblical love for one another.  It was a great start as the attendance was higher than ever!  Let’s keep our focus on the real prize and not get distracted by the secular news media and political issues that could keep us from our true mission.

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That is the bottom line isn’t it? Thanks Jeff.

Would Christ burn the Koran? No
Is it a act of love? No
Will it bring nonbelievers to Christ? No

Then a Christian should not do it.
It is sad that this (non)event is attributed to a church. This is not how Christ taught us to love.

In Matthew when Peter asked the Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

I will forgive my brothers in kind for every time God has forgiving me.



Thanks Jeff, When we let our guard down, we tend to let all this press stuff get in the way of the real mission: To be a witness of Jesus Christ. I appreciate so much you insight into the Bible and your ability through the Holy Spirit to communicate it to us. Thanks again


“There is no need for a true disciple of Jesus Christ to attack false religions.” – I wish I had read that long ago. I am a follower of divine teachings, but I have errored in attacking the false religions that have evolved on this planet. (I also believe Christianity to be one of them)

“I understand the frustration of Christians worldwide who see Muslims attacking Christians and (seemingly) “getting away with it”.” – I believe this to be a misconception. The Muslims are attacking the ungodly, who have prospered in the world and increased their riches, not the “Christians” per say. This group (the ungodly) have a strangle hold over America at the moment and unfortunately this makes Americans (Western culture) guilty by acquiescence from the viewpoint of the Muslim world. We should learn to recognize that both populations/cultures have been lied to extensively. Both populations/cultures have dogma belief systems that retard their true spiritual development. I will say that the gentleman wanting to burn the book is no more of a “Christian” than the supposed “terrorist” is a devout Muslim. I oppose the book burning but not because it is wrong to destroy the symbol of the “supposed” enemy, but because the willful destruction of knowledge and information is a sin of the highest order. Perhaps the gentleman should read the good book before he destroys himself along with it.
We are not Christians, Muslims, or Jews…
We are humans, and we must learn to get along before we destroy ourselves AGAIN!


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